Daedalus: Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Volumen1

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The Academy, 1848
 

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Página 184 - The volumes of the memoirs to be exchanged for the transactions of literary and scientific societies, and copies to be given to all the colleges and principal libraries in this country. One part of the remaining copies may be offered for sale ; and the other carefully preserved, to form complete sets of the work, to supply the demand from new institutions.
Página 184 - II. — By appropriating a part of the income, annually, to special objects of research, under the direction of suitable persons. 1. The objects, and the amount appropriated, to be recommended by counsellors of the Institution. 2. Appropriations in different years to different objects, so that, in course of time, each branch of knowledge may receive a share. 3. The results obtained from these appropriations to be published: with the memoirs before mentioned, in the volumes of the Smithsonian Contributions...
Página 185 - Solution of experimental problems, such as a new determination of the weight of the earth, of the velocity of electricity and of light; chemical analyses of soils and plants; collection and publication of articles of science, accumulated in the offices of government.
Página 190 - The committee' would remark, in conclusion, that, in a plan of operations of this kind, very much depends upon the activity and intelligence with which it is administered. The character of the Board of Regents is a sufficient warrant for the prudence and good judgment which will watch over the general interests of the foundation ; while the reputation of the Secretary and his assistant, the Librarian, is so well established in their respective departments, as to render any tribute from the committee...
Página 184 - Each memoir presented to the Institution to be submitted for examination to a commission of persons of reputation for learning in the branch to which the memoir pertains; and to be accepted for publication only in case the report of this commission is favorable.
Página 29 - Etymologies are at present very uncertain; but such as they are, the old books would still preserve them, and etymologists would there find them. Words in the course of time change their meanings, as well as their spelling and pronunciation, and we do not look to etymology for their present meanings. If I should call a man a knave and a villain, he would hardly be satisfied with my telling him, that one of the words originally signified only a lad or servant; and the other an under-ploughman, or...
Página 25 - After learning the five sounds here given, if the learner should read in Scott an account of a feast at a Saxon's table, he would have to guess five times at the pronunciation of dais, and each time wrong. The written language is continually misleading thus, and it may be safely said that the sound of a word is learnt, not through the aid of the vowels, but in spite of them. Our language is full. of rules, and still more of exceptions. A true alphabet would require no rules, and it would admit of...
Página 153 - On the Growth of Plants in closely glazed Cases. 8vo. London, 1842.
Página 30 - That distinction is already destroyed in pronouncing them, and you rely on the sense alone of the sentence to ascertain which of the several words similar in sound we intend. If this is sufficient in the rapidity of discourse it will be much more so in written sentences, which may be read leisurely and attended to more particularly in case of difficulty than you can attend to a past sentence while a speaker is hurrying you along with new ones. Your third inconvenience is that "all the books already...
Página 186 - The extraordinary effect even of an honorary inducement is seen in the case of the medal offered by the king of Denmark for the discovery of telescopic comets. On these principles it may be hoped, that, by offering a moderate pecuniary compensation for researches of real merit, valuable contributions to knowledge will be produced ; while their publication will tend directly to the diffusion of knowledge. An encouragement somewhat similar, toward the...

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